Australian Embassy

Indonesia is the Country of Choice for Australia’s New Colombo Plan Mobility Students

Media Release

30 August 2017

More Australian students will head to Indonesia than any other destination in 2018 to live, study and undertake internships under the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan mobility program.

Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Paul Grigson said students from 30 Australian universities have accessed the New Colombo Plan grants to build links with Indonesian institutions and give their students a valuable opportunity to learn from Indonesia.

 “More than 2,100 students will undertake 90 projects throughout Indonesia next year under in fields ranging from public health, business and commercial law, to the study of proboscis monkeys and coastal marine geology,” Ambassador Grigson said.

 “The diversity of these projects shows Australia and Indonesia’s mutual curiosity. The students will gain the invaluable practical experience through internships and mentorships with a range of government, NGO and business organisations,” he said.

 “Students will return to Australia with new friendships and connections that will last a lifetime, as well as new perspective on Indonesia as our nearest neighbour.”

In 2018, more than 13,000 Australian students will take part in New Colombo Plan mobility projects in 35 countries across the Indo-Pacific.  This brings the total number of students funded under the program to more than 30,000 over five years.

Images of New Colombo Plan students here.

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